15th July 2014, Hayling Island, UK – After having started his summer schedule with the Moth Italian National Championships in Lake Garda last week, Seb Col has taken part to the first Foiling Week event, mixing different types of foiling engines, including the Foiling Week Moth Invitational, all being part of an extensive and successful training session for Seb to prepare for the Moth Worlds in particular. The Worlds will actually be taking place right after the Moth UK National Championships starting tomorrow in Hayling Island, UK. Besides training and racing on the Moth, Seb Col sailed again on a GC32 in Lake Garda, where he actually broke the speed record of the boat reaching 37,9 knots!
Sebastien Col is now getting ready for the UK National Championships in Hayling Island, July 16-17th, where he’s training on the competition’s race course today. The UK Nationals will be followed right after by the Moth World Championships, July 19-25th, still in Hayling Island, UK. The International Moth World Championships at Hayling Island Sailing Club (Hampshire, UK) have attracted 130 competitors from 18 nations, with sailing stars from the Olympics and America’s Cup all converging to race for one of the most coveted titles in the dinghy sailing world.
Seb Col has had a busy and successful time in Lake Garda to prepare himself for that.
Seb Col summarizes about the two last weeks and what he has achieved during The Foiling Week in particular: “I now know that I took the best decision going to Lake Garda and taking part to the Moth Italian Nationals: this was all about sailing, testing different configurations and tuning of the boat, generating more experience by spending hours on the race course, finding out about the right speeds upwind and downwind, and above all learning from the bests. I achieved some great starts, but need to work on the speed to reach the same level as the other sailors who have been sailing those incredible flying machines for a while. I have observed them a lot, and also improved a lot obviously thanks to that during the past week. But I know I need to continue to work, it’s no secret. I also need to work on my foils and their profiling; everybody does, this is key besides spending hours on the water.
This was really a great call to go to Lake Garda in order to prepare the Worlds. I know where I stand now, which is amongst the top 20 in the Italian Nationals. I know I have a good speed downwind, but also that I need to work to improve it upwind. I clearly see the “before” and the “after” Lake Garda. I also see my improvement margin, which is really encouraging and that motivates me a lot. The World champions were also in Garda, it really is a big motivation to sail with them.
We did 9 races during the Italian Nationals, but I carried on sailing a lot after the official races in order to train. So I was a bit tired after the end of the event I must admit, but now I recovered and I’m ready to go again, starting with some training today. My ideal target would be to finish the Worlds in the first half of the general ranking and the first French.
Also what is really important to me is that it confirmed that sailing and competing in the Moth class to develop my foiling skills was a perfect choice. I know exactly where I am going, which was not totally the case before that event. So I can only repeat that this is all very positive, also in the feedback I got from sailors like Josh McKnight, Chris Rast or Stefano Rizzi, who are amongst the best competitors sailing within the Moth class. They have been really supportive and we did a lot of sharing. We will actually train together this week and exchange boats, which will be very good since there is a lot of “feeling” with the Moths and the way you can sail them at their best. It will be good to see how the other boats work, which ones are fast and why. I know I can do better and I will, I just need to be a bit patient, and to remember that I said 2014 was a “learning year”, and obviously it could not happen in just one week!”
Seb Col also took part to the Moth Invitational with the 10 best Moth sailors on site, a privilege that came on top after the Italian Nationals were over.
With 10-20 knots of wind, he actually took it for a great training session, with some good starts in front of the fleet, and he improved his speed upwind thanks to the modifications he did on his foils and his rig by then, with Seb adding again: “it is really nice to feel so much progress after this week, even if there is still much work ahead of me, and it is great to be able to count on Gurit to support me in this project.”
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Last but not least, the Foiling Week also brought some other nice surprises on foiling machines.
Seb Col was actually taking part to a test session of the GC32 with a French sailing magazine on July 10th, where he was at helm for specific manoeuvres and speed tests.
Seb chose a crew of experienced Moth sailors for the GC32 test session with Josh McKnight, (2012 World Champion), Chris Rast (Swiss Champion), and Benoit Marie (winner of the Mini Transat), and besides this was really great for him to sail the GC32 with those experienced sailors especially, the highlight was definitely that with 25-30 knots of wind, Seb Col and his crew broke the speed record for the GC32 and reached 37,9 knots! A great performance looking at Seb’s projects for 2015 and to possibly enter the circuit with his own team.